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Specific Paper Recommendations For Baystate Blue

baystate blue feathering paper

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#1 melodiousb



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 14:33

So, I love the color of Baysate Blue, but I've tried it on about half a dozen kinds of paper, and it feathers on everything, even the paper in my favorite notebook at work, which no other ink I've tried has shown feathering in.


Does anyone have a recommendation for a specific paper that hasn't produced feathering with Baystate Blue?



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 15:10

Instead of changing paper, you might try diluting the ink slightly with distilled water, or trying it in a different pen.

I used to put BSB in a cheap Chinese demonstrator with a fine hooded nib, but I cracked the cap finial off by accident (and no, for all the naysayers out there it had NOTHING to do with the ink -- caught the clip on the elastic band in the pen case and it bent back too far).

Then I put it in a Noodler's FPC with the original nib and had really bad feathering issues.  So the next time I pull that pen and ink out I'm going to try the dilution trick and see if that works better.

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 21:17

I dilute it so it's 20% water and found it behaves better without any noticeable loss in vibrancy.

#4 melodiousb



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Posted 14 August 2014 - 13:10

Thanks! I'll try diluting it.

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Posted 14 August 2014 - 17:24

Paper Vellum.

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Posted 08 November 2014 - 03:12

24lb.copy paper from Wallyworld. I cut it to stationery size for letters.
So, what's your point? (Mine is a flexible F.)

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 07:39

I keep BSB in a dedicated Pilot Metropolitan F.  Except as otherwise noted, I've used or tested BSB in the Metro F on the following papers and found no feathering or bleed-through, and show-through was minimal to moderate:

  • Clairefontaine
  • Fabriano EcoQua
  • Tomoe River (cream)
  • 24lb HP Laserjet
  • 32lb HP Premium Choice
  • 24lb Southworth Business 25% Cotton Linen (Ivory)
  • 24lb Southworth Business 25% Cotton Antique Laid (Ivory)
  • 24lb Southworth Résumé 100% Cotton (Ivory)
  • 24lb Mohawk Via Smooth Writing (Natural) [slight feathering]

Rhodia and Miquelrius have exhibited no feathering.  They would have made this list, but they have given mixed signals on bleed-through: partial bleed-through has occurred on some but not all sheets.

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 07:57

If you have to have retina-burning blue, you have to pay the price. It says something about the ink when you have to jump through all these hoops, or switch to an F or XF nib to avoid bleed and feathering. Or you can dilute. And agree to a fair amount of pen maintenance.

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 08:26



+1 for dilution.


I've posted a few samples of NBsBl which may be of interest:

- Noodler's Baystate Blue - Dilution: 100, 80, 66 & 40% http://www.fountainp...-baystate-blue/
- Comparison : Pelikan Edelstein Topaz, Pilot Asa-Gao, Noodler's Baystate Blue, Private Reserve American Blue Dilution Too http://www.fountainp...-american-blue/


and Dilution - A Rough Guide @ Post № 23 : http://www.fountainp...pens/?p=2315439



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